Anima Mundi, the international animation festival of Brazil, wrapped up on July 25 with the announcements of the São Paulo winners. The event is like two festivals in one running in Rio de Janeiro (July 9 18) then moves to São Paulo (July 21 25). Taking the Rio short prize was Oscar winning film HARVIE KRUMPET.
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Nominations for the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 15, 2004 and FOX won the most primetime Emmy nominations for animated shows with five, narrowly edging out Cartoon Network, UPN and Sci Fi Channel with three each. SOUTH PARK is back in the running along with THE SIMPSONS and FUTURAMA, which again nominated for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour) along with Cartoon Networks SAMURAI JACK and Nicks SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.
The 2004 Home Entertainment Award winners were announced on July 15, 2004 by Bo Andersen, president of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA). The archival special edition release of T2 - EXTREME DVD and the direct-to-video release BARBIE OF SWAN LAKE led the field with three Home Entertainment Awards with LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS following close behind with two pries. The association also honored television and music product for the first time.
Director Mark Osborne and Karen Dufilho-Rosen, producer of several Academy Award-winning animated short films, are partnering in Los Angeles to make THE BETTER HALF, a stop-motion animated short film, with a 2004/2005 Guggenheim Fellowship Osborne received to partially fund the making of the new short.
Chris Nee, writer of the I Can Sign" - "The Sign for Friend" episode of LITTLE BILL that airs on Nickelodeon, won the $10,000 HUMANITAS Prize for Children's Animation today, July 8, 2004, during a luncheon ceremony at the Universal Hilton Hotel, in Universal City, California. Nine winning writers, representing a diverse slate of work, won these prestigious prizes and $115,000 were awarded in eight categories for film and television writers whose work "entertains and enriches the viewing public."
Medsn, a leading medical education company, was honored with a Gold IN-AWE award for Medical Education - Animation at the Medical Marketing Association's (MMA) national conference June 24, 2004.
Medsn received its award for "Protease Inhibitors: Targeting the HAART of HIV," a global learning program that featured 3D animation to demonstrate the complexity of a new HIV compound, its mechanism of action, and its unique clinical profile in comparison to a variety of other medications.
Five European short films have been selected to compete for the 14th Cartoon d'Or award to be handed out at the awards ceremony September 25 2004 at Cartoon Forum, which takes place Sept. 22-25 in Santiago de Compostella, Spain.
The films were chosen from prizewinners at Cartoon's partner European festivals: - Biennal of Animation - Bratislava (Slovakia)- Cinanima - Espinho (Portugal)- I Castelli Animati - Genzano di Roma (Italy)- Anima 2003 - Brussels (Belgium)- Internationales Trickfilm Festival - Stuttgart (Germany)
Linden Lab, creator of the acclaimed 3D online world SECOND LIFE, announced the winners of the first annual Game Developer's Competition. Harvey Smith, formerly of Ion Storm and the lead designer of the award winning DEUS EX, and project director of DEUS EX: INVISIBLE WAR, judged the competition and spent time with each team evaluating their design and game play choices.
The winning teams include:
On June 26, 2004, Jonathan Nix's 2D student film HELLO won the best animated short at the 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival. The film tells the story of a man with an old tape deck as a head who tries to woo the woman with a CD-player head.
Winners in the regional awards for excellence in film and television in British Columbia, Canada, The Leo Awards, have been announced. Mainframe Entertainments SCARY GODMOTHER HALLOWEEN SPOOKTAKULAR pretty much swept the animation competition winning for Best Animation Program or Series, as well as Best Musical Score and Best Direction/Storyboarding in an Animation Program or Series.
Wrapping up its run on June 19, 2004, Zagreb: 16th World Festival of Animated Films awarded its Grand Prix to Koji Yamamura's Oscar-nominated short, MT. HEAD. Virgil Widrich's FAST FILM was a three-time winner, taking home the Zagreb Award, Jury Of The Croatian Filmmakers Guild (Animation Section) Grand Competition and Jury Of The Croatian Film Critics prizes. The top audience award went to WARD 13 by Peter Cornwell.
Below is complete list of winners:Grand Prix ATAMA YAMA (MT. HEAD) by Koji Yamamura, Yamamura Animation
The International Festival of Cinema and Technology 2004 has announced its winners. The tour was launched this past February in Orlando and festival screenings took place in London, Toronto, New York, Sydney and Brisbane. Festival locations this year included Universal Studios in Orlando, The Fox Studios Screening Room in Sydney, The Canadian Broadcast Centre in Toronto, the Horse Hospital in London among others. In each city, extensive judging took place in each city to determine the award winners.
Ryan Church, concept design supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic (STAR WARS EPISODES I, II and III) is the Grand Master award winner for EXPOSÉ 2, the latest in the series of digital art books from Ballistic Publishing that will begin shipping in July. The Grand Master is awarded to an artist exhibiting outstanding skill and contribution to the advancement of digital art. A graduate of Art Center, Church began his career at Walt Disney Imagineering (blue-sky concepts for future theme parks) before freelancing at Universal and hiring on at ILM in digital feature production.
Alexander Woo from New York University won the Gold Medal for his film, REX STEELE: NAZI SMASHER, in the animation category in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 31st Annual Student Academy Awards competition June 13, 2004. He was among 13 winning film students that participated in several days of industry-related activities and social events prior to the awards presentation ceremony at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Iranian animator Mohammad-Mahdi Khoda Karami has won the Bronze Knight Award of the 13th International Zolotoi Vityaz (Golden Knight) Film Festival for the film DIALOGUE. Produced by the Hamedan branch of IRIB, the seven-minute animation shows a yarn character searching for his ball who meets a wire character from another town. The film beat out 26 other contenders to win the award. The festival was held in the southern Russian city of Irkutsk from May 21 - 31, 2004.
LORENZO director Mike Gabriel was stunned at winning The Grand Prix at Annecy. How could we have won? he told AWN. There were 50 world class shorts we were competing against, shorts that were all imaginative, and it was completely intimidating. We felt like we were welcomed into the club.
The coveted short film grand prize at the 28th International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy went to Mike Gabriel for LORENZO while Chris Landreth received the Special Jury Award for RYAN. The judges selected the 2D film over the 3D film for the top prize, wishing to recognize "true magic does not rely on technology and can start with the artist's hand-drawn art." The awards were presented at the closing ceremony held on Saturday, June 12, 2004 in Annecy, France. Congratulations to all the winners!
The Short and Feature Fiction Films Category winners are:
The 2004 Moondance Film Festival has announced its winners. The event is an international film festival dedicated to enhancing the role of women in and on the silver screen as well as promoting, encouraging, educating and rewarding non-violent conflict resolution in the arts and film.
Below is a list of the animation winners.
CALYPSO AWARDA Yoon JunBIG SOUL
COLUMBINE AWARDIl-Hyang JangPOINT OF VIEW
SEAHORSE AWARDWooksang Chang & Jaehong KimIN THE FOREST
Hosted by Lindsay Lohan of MEAN GIRLS, the 2004 MTV Movie Awards, held at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, have announced the winners. The awards will air on MTV June 10, 2004 at 9:00 pm.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences mailed entry forms on June 1, 2004 for the 2004 Scientific and Technical Awards to more than 850 companies and individuals, including past winners, within the sci-tech community both in the United States and abroad. All entry applications must be submitted to the Academy no later than Friday, July 30, 2004.
Now in it's 35th year, ASIFA-East Animation Festival has announced the winners of the 2004 event. For Best in Show this year Greg Ford's IT'S THE CAT and Bill Plympton's GUARD DOG shared the top prize. The Samu award, named in honor of the memory of animation historian Charles Samu, went to WILLIS SILLIM'S TALL TALE by Steffen Vala with a special honorable mention going to THE BIRDCAGE KING by Christopher Magee. Ottawa festival director and AWN's notorious Animation Pimp Chris Robinson received the President's Award.
With the big feature animated films INNOCENCE and SHREK 2 being blacked out by the large shadow of Michael Moore and his Palme d'Or winning FAHRENHEIT 9/11, the animation world has one thing to cheer about out of Cannes and that is the Jury Prize for Short Film going to Jonas Geirnaert's FLATLIFE. The animated short by the young Flemish director follows a number of people living in an apartment building who rather unintentionally make each other's life difficult. For more information on the film, visit www.flatlife.be.